Passive, Active, or Predictive: Which Wireless Site Survey Is Best for You?

Did you know that more than 1.8 billion people around the world use the Internet? If you own a business there are so many wireless site survey benefits. This is something you do not want to skimp out on.

A wireless site survey will help you plan and design the best wireless network for your business. Plus it will get rid of any dead zones.

Keep reading to learn about the different wireless site survey types. This will help you choose which one will benefit your company the most.

Passive Wireless Site Survey

If you are looking for the fastest and easiest way to complete a physical survey then this is your best option. A passive site survey provides important information for your business. This is also the most inexpensive option when it comes to wireless site survey.

To ensure that all physical factors are included in the survey, you need to do a physical survey of the building inside and out. You also want to make sure you check the radio frequency in order to make sure that nothing is impacting your network performance.

Predictive Wireless Site Survey

This survey option uses a software package that simulates the floor plans, the walls, windows, conference rooms, cubicles, filing cabinets, and the construction of the building. Then the software takes all of the factors into account and predicts the number of access points.

With this information, the surveyor also predicts where each access point should be located for best performance. You will not need an onsite visit with this survey option. A passive site survey should always be conducted to make sure that all the critical information is included within the network model.

Active Wireless Site Survey

These surveys have the same steps as passive site surveys but they also include connecting to the network’s access points during the survey. When the surveyor connects to the network through the access points they are able to generate network traffic.

When they measure this traffic, it allows them to measure the performance of the network and other metrics such as the data upload speeds, data download speeds, and packet loss. Businesses that have high-security requirements such as retail locations benefit from an active site survey because this survey ensures that the upgraded network meets all the critical requirements.

This is the most expensive of the three options and more than likely has to be completed during business hours.

Ready to Choose the Best Wireless Site Survey?

We hope that now that you know more about the different wireless site survey types available you can make an informed decision on which one is best for your company. Do not forget that you will not only choose the one that best addresses your network needs but also the best one for your building type.

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